Are you a new event planner? Have you ever had to service inside a bar? Wondering where to even start? Well look no further! Here are the basics you’ll need, as well as some catering tips, to make sure that service goes smoothly!
If you’re new to the catering business, you’re probably wondering why someone would even want their service inside a bar. Many people see bars as dirty, with heavy drinking, and fights throughout the night. Though this is true for some, many bars are clean with good food and wonderful service.
The first thing you’re going to need to know when catering is the theme for the service. Sit down with your clients and discuss ideas. Don’t be afraid to get a little creative when spinning ideas, creativity is why they hired you! There are some key questions that you need to ask during this process, such as:
- What is the budget?
- Would they be willing to go over budget? If so, how much?
- Is there anything specific they would like to see in the service?
Once you have a good idea on budget and theme, it’s time to organise! Sit down and write out the basic catering supplies you’ll need: napkins, silverware, trays, as well as other items that your customers would like for the service. Estimate the price for each of these items and total the amount. That way, you have a basic idea of how much everything is going to cost, and whether or not it fits within your client’s budget.
Tips and Tricks
By now, you should have an idea of how the service is going to look. It is very important to make sure that all the supplies you have ordered go with the theme of the service. Once you have all the items ordered, it’s a good idea to contact your clients to keep them updated on progress. Just in case you’re still having trouble, here are some helpful tips!
- Try contacting the bar where the service will be held. See if they would be willing to make a specialty drink for the occasion.
- Make sure that the reserved area is big enough for the service.
- Though it’s nice to provide the most expensive supplies to impress your clients, it’s good to remember that napkins are just napkins. It’s better to provide items that are a little more cost effective than to stress about going over budget.
- Before the official service contact the client and ensure everything is to their satisfaction. Maybe have a dress rehearsal a few days before so the client can see how everything looks.
Bar catering is an interesting and eventful experience, especially when you’re the one in charge. Just remember, everyone is stressing when it comes to catering. The client is worried about how the service will look, and you’re worried about impressing your client. With this helpful guide, hopefully you will find it easier to organise the service and please the client.